Monthly Archives: June 2009

Pope to Syriac Leader: Eucharist Is Key to Unity

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Lauds Church’s Efforts for Mideast Peace VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- In an audience with the patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Benedict XVI underlined the importance of the Eucharist as the key to unity. The Pope affirmed this today at the Vatican when he met with Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan and some members of the…

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Pope greets Syrian Patriarch, says he prays daily for Iraqi Christians

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Pope Benedict XVI formally welcomed Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan at an audience on June 19. In his remarks to the visiting Patriarch– who was in Rome for the first time since his election as leader of the world’s Syrian Catholics– the Pope remarked that “the Eucharist fuses our different traditions in the…

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Benedict XVI highlights unity with Syriac Catholic Church

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Vatican City, Jun 19, 2009 / 10:49 am (CNA).- On Friday morning, Pope Benedict XVI received the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church at the Vatican. The meeting served as an opportunity for the Holy Father to emphasize the unity of the Roman and Syriac traditions.…

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Flawed US Refugee Admissions Program is Failing Iraqi Refugees;

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Recession Only Makes Matters Worse – IRC Commission Calls for Overhaul of Resettlement System 16 Jun 2009 – The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is outdated and under-funded and is resettling Iraqi refugees into poverty rather than helping rebuild their lives in the country that offered them sanctuary, says the International Rescue Committee.…

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Good Morning Baghdad

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Sabah al Khaeyr ya Baghdad! Baghdad, what will it be today, serve up a bomb for breakfast at your café’? Do not anticipate a civil war. All hell has broken loose and your children are divided. Are you at war with your own ego?…

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Syriac Leader Renews Communion With Rome

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Patriarch Notes Hopes for Peace in Mideast VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- The patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians expressed today to Benedict XVI his wishes for just peace in Iraq, reconciliation in Lebanon and the Holy Land, and the end of the Christian exodus from the Middle East.…

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Pope welcomes new Syrian Catholic Patriarch

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At his weekly general audience on June 17, Pope Benedict XVI introduced Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan, who was making his first official visit to Rome since his selection in January as the Patriarch of Antioch and leader of the worlds’ Syrian Catholics. With his visit to the Vatican, the Pope said, the…

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Vatican: Pope greets delegation of Syrian Catholics

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Vatican City, 17 June (AKI) – Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday greeted a group of religious leaders participating in an international inter-faith conference organised by Catholic bishops in Rome. “I commend this initiative organised by the Italian Episcopal Conference in collaboration with the Italian ministry of foreign affairs”, said the Pope at the end of…

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Iraq: Christian cleric calls for abolition of death penalty

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Baghdad, 16 June (AKI) – The Chaldean archbishop of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Louis Sako has condemned recent executions carried out by the Iraqi government and called for the abolition of the death penalty. Sako spoke to the Italian Bishops’ Conference news agency, SIR, after the European Union also expressed concern.…

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Abolition of Metn Elections Possible

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It seems that the story of election results in northern Metn has plenty of unfinished chapters still to be written. The daily Ad Diyar on Tuesday said it seemed that “torpedoing” elections in the Metn constituency is very likely after post-election contestation complaints filed by both MP Michel Murr and his rival Gen. Michel Aoun,…

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Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

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Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, of Mosul, Iraq (right), will be honored posthumously with the 2009 Path to Peace Award in New York on June 9. Archbishop Rahho pushed for tolerance among Iraqis following the start of the Iraq War. He was kidnapped and killed after a prayer service in 2008. • Hong Kong Cardinal…

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Artuklu University in Turkey plans to create Syriac language department

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Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Serdar Bedii Omay, the rector of Artuklu University in the southeastern province of Mardin explained that they have started preparations to create a Syriac language department and have received great support both from within Turkey and the world at large. Syriac people populate the Middle…

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The strangest football derby in the world

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Ulf Roosvald Assyrians immigrated to Sweden in the 1970s and the two football teams they formed compete in one of the strangest but most intensely fought derbies in the world. Kate Brooks / Polaris…

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“Without Borders, Without Passports”

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June 9, 2009 “Because we are here, they are in our hearts and souls; because they are there, we are in their dreams and prayers,” Albert Davidoo, Chairman of the Assyrian Medical Society referencing the destitute brothers and sisters affected by the war in Iraq.…

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The Chaldean American Festival in Southfield Michigan

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This past weekend, the City of Southfield hosted the fourth annual Chaldean Festival in the Southfield municipal center. The Detroit area is home to the largest Arabic speaking population outside of the Middle East. It is estimated that 120,000 Chaldean Americans live in the Metropolitan Detroit area.…

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Open Letter To President Obama

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By: Brigitte Gabriel ACTforAMERICA.org Dear Mr. President, You face difficult challenges in matters such as achieving peace in the Middle East and protecting America from the threat of radical Islam and terrorism. These are…

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ROSIE MALEK-YONAN AWARDED 2009 ASSYRIAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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(Los Angeles – ) At the Assyrian Universal Alliance’s 26th World Congress held in Sydney, Australia, in May 2009, Rosie Malek-Yonan, author of The Crimson Field, was named as “the 2009 Assyrian Woman of the Year” for her substantial contribution in advancing the Assyrian national cause by promoting international…

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